Apply to Artscapes

The Spaceworks Artscapes online application will be available March 10, 2017 with a deadline to apply by May 3, 2017. In the meantime, all the information needed to prepare your application is available below. 

For questions and assistance please contact:
Gabriel Brown, Artscapes Coordinator


From left: Mural by Angela Larsen, Tollbooth video installation by China Faith Star, and storefront window installation by Becky Frehse.

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Spaceworks Tacoma is seeking artists and artist teams from the Pacific Northwest who:
• Can develop a site responsive, temporary, public art display.
• Can successfully and fully activate a public space that is visible 24/7.
• Is an experienced artist seeking a unique location to exhibit artwork.
• Can create an enticing destination-quality visual display for passersby.

A program of Spaceworks Tacoma, Artscapes temporarily places 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, mural, or multi-media art installations in storefront windows, outdoor spaces, and an outdoor video gallery in the City of Tacoma. The program offers an artist stipend to support the creation of new work and site-specific projects, or the installation of existing work. Since launching in 2010, Spaceworks has commissioned 125 art installations! Click here to view them all.

• Any individual artist or artist team in the Pacific Northwest may apply.
• Past participants of Artscapes are welcome to reapply

The review process is competitive and the review panel will be looking for a diversity of offerings. All applicants will be selected based on the following criteria.
• Artistic excellence as submitted in work samples.
• Ingenuity in concept, and implementation as submitted in work samples.
• Ability to create work that would engage passers-by.

Phase One

• Submit application.
• Applications are reviewed by a panel of artists, arts professionals, members of the Spaceworks Steering Committee, representatives of neighborhood groups, and/or commercial property owners.
• Applicants notified of results in early April 2016. Selected artists move on to phase two.

Phase Two

• Spaceworks staff works with selected artists to identify a space and schedule of their display.
• Artists are asked to submit a brief proposal for a specific project, in a specific space. The proposal will then be reviewed by the original panel, and Spaceworks staff.
• Once the proposal is approved, artists move to phase three.

Phase Three

• Artist receives contract, and begins installation on assigned date.
• Artist provides ongoing maintenance as needed during the duration of the display.
• Artist completes de-installation on assigned date.

• Enter into an agreement with Spaceworks Tacoma regarding the terms of use.
• Understand that the artwork displayed must be appropriate for the public realm.
• Be willing to uninstall the artwork earlier than planned or give up the space if the property owner finds a permanent tenant within the negotiated timeframe.
• Install and de-install your own work.
• Understand that they may have limited access to their space, as required for installation and de-installations.
• Partner with Spaceworks Tacoma to market and promote events and activities.
• Comply with all federal, state, and local laws.
• Leave the space in the same or better condition when they move out.
• Understand that initial payment is made within 30 days after installation upon receipt of an invoice, and that payments cannot be made until contracts have been fully processed. A portion of payment is retained until deinstallation is complete.

Spaces vary in size and amenities. Keep in mind that some spaces can be raw and windows may have active “For Lease” signs, which cannot be moved. Most Artscapes displays are on view 24/7 for at least 4 months, which can be hard on materials, and electronics. Also take into consideration that the display will be seen under very different lighting conditions from night to day.

Acceptance into the Spaceworks’ Artscapes program is not a guarantee that you will be placed in a space. We can only place as many projects as we have available spaces, and it can be difficult to place all of the projects we would like. Spaceworks reserves the right to pair selected artists with spaces at its discretion.



10 digital images that demonstrate the artist’s past work (required)
Artists applying as a team who have no examples of joint work in the past should submit 5 images of each artist’s work.
– File Format: Submit only “High” quality JPG files (do not use GIF, TIFF, or other formats.) Do not embed the images into PowerPoint or submit moving image or audio files.
– Image Size: Images must be 72 ppi resolution and 1000 pixels max on the largest side.
– Files must be less than 2 MB each.
– File Labeling: Files must be titled with the applicant’s name followed by a number indicating the viewing order. Use a “0” in front of single digit numbers and use only letters, numbers, and underscores. For example: Smith_01.jpg; Smith_02.jpg. If using Mac OS 8 or later, be sure to include a “.jpg” extension at the end of each image title.
– File Upload: In the online application, please upload your images in the order to be viewed.

3 online videos that demonstrate the artist’s past work (optional)
Please provide the exact web address(es) where the online videos can be viewed. The panel will view a minimum of 1 minute and a maximum of 3 minutes of each video.

Provide the following information on the online application form for each image:
• Title of each work represented in the image or activity depicted.
• Media & dimensions (H x W x D”), if applicable, or description of activity.
• Long description if needed. If work is presented as part of a collaboration, explain your role in the larger project (100 words/500 characters or less).
• For videos longer than 3 minutes, note what 1-3 minute segment you want the panel to review.

Provide us with a brief artist statement to give us a sense of your work. Feel free to describe your work overall, or describe a past project or body of work. Please be as concise as possible. You may answer in narrative, bulleted or other form.
(500 words/3000 characters or less).

RESUME (3 pages or less)
• If submitting as a team/group, a current resume should be submitted for the contact person and all relevant team/group members.
• Save as pdf. File should be 1 MB or less.
• Name your resume file with your last name like this: “Smith_ Resume.pdf”

Please identify which medium you could work in for a potential Artscapes display. Choose from the following list, you may choose more than one.
• 2D
• 3D
• Mural
• Video
• Multi-media

Gabriel Brown, Artscapes Coordinator


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